3D Print Camera Gear: Edelkrone Flextilt Head 3D Test Review
Testing out 3D printing our own photography gear at home!
Recently the camera company Edelkrone made a big announcement: They have begun offering their products for purchase via online download, and print them at home yourself! For photographers looking to 3D print their own DIY camera gear and photography accessories, this could be a real game changer. The truth is that as 3D printing becomes more and more economical, it is likely to become a legitimate way to purchase goods and save money AND time. But although the idea of 3D printing a camera at home sounds like Star Trek technology level awesome, is 3D printing camera gear actually the future, or is it just an overhyped fad? I decided to 3D print, test & review the new Edelkrone Flextilt Head 3D at home.
Edelkrone’s newest adventure: ORTAK – 3D PRINTABLE PRODUCTS
ORTAK is a new 3D printing & co-manufacturing approach by Edelkrone that allows anyone to own fully-functional, high-tech products at greatly reduced prices. With the ORTAK method, camera gear is 3D printed by you and edelkrone manufactures the critical parts, such as CNC machined aluminum joints (or possibly electronic components in the future) to minimize cost, while making sure the end product works flawlessly. While Edelkrone ships the critical parts, you will 3D print the rest of the product and have the ability to customize the design, form, and color to your needs.
According to Edelkrone, soon, 3D printers will be in every house…
Right from their website they say “If you don’t already have access to a 3D printer, it may be time to invest in one to make ORTAK products even more feasible and see the time it takes for a return on investment drop drastically.”
In reality however, the cost is still pretty extreme for this approach. I’d recommend 3D printing at a local library or supplier. Edelkrone’s long term plans are to use the ORTAK co-manufacturing method to decrease costs for both the company and the customer while enabling highly customizable and more personal products. Lets put it to the test as we 3D Print, review and test their Edelkrone Ortak Flex Tilt Head 3D!